Monday, March 19, 2018

Chef Jasper Versoza , Chief Production Officer, and Corporate Chef
It's the dawn of a new era for Josiah's Catering, as a new generation of management takes its turn to bring fresh ideas and exciting ventures with the same quality of culinary experience that has captured the hearts of its patrons.

After more than two decades of making occasions and events sumptuous with bespoke catering service, Josiah's owners Jet and Boyet Versoza passed on their legacy, entrusting the future of the company to their children.

Chief Operating Officer Freshnaida Versoza is now on top of the entire operations, including new partnerships and business ventures. All marketing innovations and creative concepts are managed by Chief Marketing Officer Josh Versoza. Chef Jasper Versoza is making sure that the supreme quality of food Josiah's is known for is well-maintained and improvements through research and development are performed well.

Their inherent passion for food bolsters the confidence that Josiah’s Catering will remain committed to providing world-class catering service. Before their takeover, the siblings were already involved in running the family business, giving them enough exposure and experience to master the craft.
Chief Operating Officer Freshnaida Versoza
In fact, all concept restaurants by the Versoza family are brainchildren of the siblings. The Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse, which is popular for its juicy rack of perfectly smoked ribs, has grown from its first branch at Dau, Marikina and with its new branch in Ayala UP Town Center.  The launch of Jet’s Bistro at Sikatuna Village in Quezon City was the sibling’s tribute to their mother. It’s a heritage restaurant that offers Josiah’s bestsellers albeit with a modern twist.

This 2018, the company’s list of concept restaurants will expand with two new additions, the Lick and Bite and the Steaming Cow at Vertis North. Josiah’s Catering is also making its first venture in hospitality management as they bring their culinary expertise at Summit Ridge in Tagaytay.
Josh Versoza, Chief Marketing Officer

“Right now, our energy is focused on continuing the quality of food and catering service with fresh ideas and culinary offerings to stay relevant to the market,” Freshnaida Versoza.  “We are also expanding the brand with soon-to-open concept restaurants to diversify the tastes and flavors that Josiah’s Catering can offer.”
New, exciting ventures and food innovations await Josiah’s Catering, as it begins a new era in the hands of Fresh, Josh, and Jasper.

To know more about Josiah’s Catering, visit their website  or call (+632) 475-2703.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

QBO Innovation Hub, the country’s first public-private initiative for startups, recently launched the QBO App, a virtual hub for startups all over the country. The QBO App has already garnered over 100 downloads on the Google Play Store. The app is also available for download on iOS.
The founding partners of QBO Innovation Hub, the country’s first public-private initiative for startups, were all present for QBO QNNECT: The QBO App Launch, the official unveiling of a virtual hub developed by QBO with the vision of Filipino startups changing the world. (From L-R: Secretary Fortunato “Boy” de la Peña, the Department of Science and Technology; Katrina Chan, Director, QBO; Assistant Secretary Rafaelita “Fita” Aldaba, the Department of Trade and Industry; Patricia Javier-Gutierrez, Executive Director and Head of Communications, J.P. Morgan; Diane Eustaquio, Executive Director, IdeaSpace Foundation Inc.; and Rene “Butch” Meily, President, QBO.)
The program was headlined by the top-tier leaders of QBO’s public and private partners and attended by over 200 guests from the startup ecosystem, including notable founders and entrepreneurs, mentors and investors, and representatives from various Technology Business Incubators (TBIs), startup enablers, incubators, and corporations.

Some notable guests included local startups like Cropital, Pushkart, and Tripkada. The event was also attended by top executives from QBO’s public and private partners, including Ola Almgren, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Chaye Cabal Revilla, CFO of Smart Communications, Inc.; Gil Chua, Chairman and CEO of DDB; and Monchito Ibrahim, Undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
The team of QBO Innovation Hub, the country’s first public-private initiative for startups, pose at the photo wall of their event, QNNECT: The QBO App Launch, the official unveiling of their app or virtual hub meant to unite and empower the Philippine startup ecosystem. (From L-R: Dominique Natividad, Content Specialist; Rosstyn Fallorina, Program Associate – Incubation; Natasha Bautista, Operations Head; Rene “Butch” Meily, President; Alea Ladaga, Program Associate – Community Growth; Adria Villaroya, Program Associate – Startup Development; Katrina Chan, Director; Talja Tupa, Intern; and River Strauss Jacob, Creative Associate)
The lineup of speakers at the launch included QBO’s founding partners, such as Secretary Fortunato dela Peña of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST); Assistant Secretary Rafaelita Aldaba of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); and Roberto Panlilio, Senior Country Officer of J.P. Morgan Philippines.

The QBO App is a virtual hub or a digital space where startups and entrepreneurs can come together to connect and collaborate with other players in the startup ecosystem and contribute their own knowledge and information with the community. It is an extension of QBO’s on-ground efforts to unite and empower the local startup ecosystem to work towards the same vision of Filipino startups changing the world.

“QBO App’s prime purpose is to connect the dots in the local startup ecosystem, not just for startups in Metro Manila, but for Philippine startups, investors, and collaborators all over the world. It’s an avenue for Filipino startups’ ideas to move forward,” said Katrina Chan, Director, QBO.

Rapid growth 
Before the grand reveal at the QNNECT: The QBO App Launch, an unveiling of a virtual hub meant to unite and empower the local startup ecosystem, Rene “Butch” Meily, President of QBO Innovation Hub, the country’s first public-private initiative for startups, asks everyone to say “yes” to the future of Philippine startups.  
“What makes our platform so strong is that there are so many passionate and dedicated individuals in the startup ecosystem and this is the platform they’ll be using to connect with each other,” added Chan.
“The app’s growth is a testament to the worthiness and effectiveness of its mission. It’s a more convenient and accessible way to stay on top of the startup ecosystem, whether you’re a founder, mentor, or investor. It’s also very appealing to some of the younger Millennials who seek to establish themselves in the startup industry, as it’s a user experience that they’re more familiar with,” said Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, DOST Undersecretary.


The QBO App is designed with the following functions in mind: QNNECT, QLLABORATE, AND QNTRIBUTE.

The app’s QNNECT feature allows founders to get in touch with other players in the industry and form partnerships. Through the app, mentors and investors can also discover new businesses and other potentially disruptive investments.
The welcoming remarks of the QBO App Launch featuring Roberto L. Panlilio, the Managing Director and Senior Country Officer of J.P. Morgan, one of QBO’s founding partners. 
“One of the more important aspects of the QBO program as well as this new app is that it provides members with easier access to world-class mentors, business leaders, and other entrepreneurs who’ve thrived across industries. This collaborative environment and sharing of best practices build and strengthens even further the local startup community,” said Patricia Anne Javier-Gutierrez, Head of Communications at J.P. Morgan.

The QLLABORATE function allows members to see what startup events, opportunities, and programs are happening when and where. Startups can also better collaborate with each other and reach out to special guests or speakers through the app’s ‘Groups’ feature. Members can also access relevant resources through the app, such as startup reports, government forms, powerpoint presentations from speakers, and other documents that are all downloadable exclusively in the app through the ‘Content’ function.

Much like other social networking sites, the QBO app is also the perfect avenue to QNTRIBUTE. Startups can share news or push their products and services through the News function, where they can post videos, photos, links, or other startup-related content in a social media-like timeline.

How to download the app

The app can be found on either Google Play Store or the App Store. Search for “QBO Innovation Hub”. After downloading, register through e-mail, cell phone, or Facebook. Users will have to wait for their membership approval from the QBO team. Once approved, they can create their profiles and begin to QNNECT.

For more information about QBO, please visit

At leading homegrown hospitality group The Discovery Leisure Company, sustainability has always been at the heart of the way they do business. This is made apparent through their sourcing of ingredients from only sustainable producers; from introducing heirloom rice in their menus, a way to show support to Cordillera farmers, to partnering with Swiss-led sustainable seafood supplier Meliomar, which launched the Sustainable Seafood Week, a yearly event that started in 2016. 
Meliomar, Inc. CEO Christian Schmidradner

It’s no wonder then that the Discovery Leisure Company made its presence felt during the opening of the week-long sustainable seafood event, held at the Marriot Manila Grand Ballroom. With the theme “Inspiring Solutions for Change,” the Sustainable Seafood Week aims to serve as an open and dynamic platform in discussing the challenges facing the local seafood industry, towards a more sustainable future. Throughout the evening, The Discovery Leisure Company wowed guests with a traditional Filipino boodle fight laden with fresh sustainable seafood, featuring the stars of the night Selva Shrimp from the mangroves of Vietnam, and line-caught yellowfin tuna.

To show further support for the advocacy, Discovery Suites Ortigas also served as venue sponsor for a Sustainable Seafood Workshop that brought together Discovery staff and representatives from leading Hong Kong-based NGO CSR Asia for an engaging and productive afternoon session.

The talented chefs of The Discovery Leisure Company also took part in an exciting cooking challenge that pitted their culinary skills with chefs from other hotels, again with the intent of highlighting the importance of sustainability.
TDLCI corporate director of food & beverage Anthony Raymond and corporate associate director of food & beverage Ross McGregor
“We are proud to be one of the first homegrown hospitality groups that support sustainable seafood,” said Discovery’s Corporate Director of Food and Beverage Chef Anthony Raymond. “By 2020, my vision is to ensure that 100% of all our menus across all our hotels will only serve seafood sourced from sustainable fishing.”
(L-R) executive chef Gerwin Bailon of Discovery Suites, executive sous chef Jay Jay SyCip of Discovery Country Suites, sr. sous chef Ghel Bagwan of Discovery Shores Boracay, and executive chef Luis Chikiamco of Discovery Primea
When asked what’s store for 2018, Chef Anthony revealed, “Our goal is to add close to 10 more species in our repertoire of sustainable seafood.” He added: “Not only do we want to give our guests the best quality seafood there is, but we also strive to take responsibility for the health of our oceans and its diverse marine life.”

Visit to learn more about the advocacy.
Have you heard about ‘WallaMe?’ It is a free iOS and Android application that allows users to hide and share messages in the real world using augmented reality, where users can take photos of a surface around them, a wall perhaps, and can write, draw or add stickers on it.
The Wall of SM City San Jose del Monte - Create, Discover, Share using the WallaMe app.
 What is an augmented reality?
Augmented reality is an integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time. Unlike the virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, it uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it. Augmented reality applications for smartphones typically include global positioning system or GPS to pinpoint the user’s location and its compass to detect device orientation.
The wall with the hidden message using the WallMe App

How do WallaMe works?

WallaMe is a new app that lets users hide augmented reality messages in the real world. Take a picture of a wall near you, add pictures of freehand sketches and share your creation with your friends. Your augmented reality wall can then be viewed by your friends when they are in the location where you created your message.

WallaMe makes creating your own virtual reality easy by being creative with beautiful stencils, freehand drawing tools, geolocation, and image-sharing features. You can also add your own pictures and stickers to make beautiful digital drawings.

Still curious about how ‘WallaMe’ app works? Visit SM City San Jose del Monte’s atrium at the lower ground floor. Enjoy the live image stream of our wall being created for you, our dear shoppers and customers, and get the chance to win exciting freebies and gifts!
For more information and updates, you can also visit SM City San Jose del Monte’s official Facebook Page,

Friday, March 16, 2018

Filinvest City, the garden central business district south of Metro Manila, provides a spectacular finale for Ronda Pilipinas 2018 happening on March 18, 2018, where cyclists can bask in the city’s green landscape, smooth routes and safety.

Now in its 8th year, Ronda Pilipinas 2018 will be doing 12 road stages beginning in Vigan Criterium followed by Vigan to Pagudpud, Pagudpud to Tuguegarao, Tuguegarao to Isabela, Isabela to Nueva Ecija, Nueva Ecija to Tarlac, Tarlac (for individual time trial), Tarlac (for team time trial), Silang-Batangas-Tagaytay, Tagaytay to Calaca, Calaca to Calaca and finally, in Filinvest City, Alabang. P1million prize money awaits the individual champion.

“We are proud to be part of this year’s Ronda Pilipinas, especially because it complements with our vision for Filinvest City as a green city with expansive tree-canopied roads and fresh air, making it ideal for biking and other sporting events,” says Don Ubaldo, Senior Assistant Vice President - Townships of Filinvest Alabang, Inc.

Without a doubt, one of this year’s biggest biking event promises to be exciting as cyclists enjoy the lush greeneries and expansive tree-canopied roads only experienced in Filinvest City.

To know more, visit Ronda Pilipinas’ Facebook page, 

Have you started working toward your family goals yet for 2018? If you haven’t, hurry and head on over to any authorized Samsung dealer before March 31 to score amazing discounts on premium products from Samsung Digital Appliances, the worldwide leader in technology and innovation.

Samsung Digital Appliances are equipped with groundbreaking features that help you provide the best care for your loved ones—and now, you can easily upgrade your home with your very own through The Big Start Deals. Enjoy up to 20% off markdowns and/or 0% installment for 12 months on select models.
The Samsung Wind-Free™ Air Conditioner evenly distributes cool air in any room without the unpleasant feeling of direct air blow, so your family stays comfortably cool every day. This mechanism can also reduce your energy bill by up to 72%. Meanwhile, the FlexWash Washing Machine allows you to run two laundry cycles for different fabrics simultaneously, without ruining their quality so you can focus less on clothes-washing and more on creating memorable moments at home.

The Samsung Twin Cooling Refrigerator retains up to 70% humidity level, providing the ideal temperature to keep your food fresh for longer. This can minimize food wastage and help you prepare better-tasting meals for your loved ones. The Samsung Smart Oven, on the other hand, ensures evenly-cooked meals with the Hot Blast™ technology, which blows hot air onto food via multiple air-holes to keep your food crisp on the outside, and juicy on the inside.

Seize this unique chance to own these state-of-the-art appliances without putting a dent in your budget. Catch The Big Start Deals before it ends. Drop by the nearest authorized Samsung dealer today! For more promo details, visit
This March, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, commemorates National Women’s Month by celebrating the success of Filipina entrepreneurs in the Philippines.
According to the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE) 2018, opportunities for women to succeed in the Philippines abound. The country ranks first in Women’s Advancement Outcomes with strong female representation in business leaders, and an equal inclination for both men and women to engage in entrepreneurial activity. In fact, the Philippines is one of only three countries worldwide where the number of established business owners among women is higher than that of men[].

This growth in the number of female business leaders and entrepreneurs in the Philippines is mirrored in the growing e-commerce scene, as more women opt to start their own businesses online. In 2017, Shopee saw a 158% increase in the number of female sellers on board compared to 2016. Of the female sellers on board last year, 50% are Preferred Sellers - a title given to sellers who have attained commendable shop ratings and have displayed excellent customer service.

“We are proud to recognize and celebrate the success of Filipina entrepreneurs who have displayed outstanding business acumen and strength of character. Shopee remains committed to supporting local entrepreneurs in the Philippines, and we look forward to seeing more women take the step towards entrepreneurship by building their businesses online,” Agatha Soh, Head of Regional Marketing of Shopee.

In celebration of Filipina entrepreneurs in the month of March, Shopee presents the stories of 3 inspiring women who chose e-commerce as a way to delve into entrepreneurship and build a successful career. 

For Shopee seller Rhea Kristine Dumo, a small capital did not deter her from starting an online business. With just P2,000, Dumo started her online store and managed the business on her own - from sourcing products to coordinating with buyers and packing orders - all while taking care of her daughter as a stay-at-home mom. By selling a variety of toys and gifts for children, Dumo was able to buy her own house at the age of 28, and more importantly, spend more time with her daughter. “That’s one thing that money can’t buy but Shopee can give - freedom to manage my own time,” said Dumo. Rhea now employs five full-time employees and two part-time student employees to manage Martipaps Gift Shop. 

25-year-old Arcel Monnette Mangubat chose to sell online as a way for her to pay for her wedding, start a family and attain long-term financial stability. As a first-time entrepreneur, Mangubat chose to start her business selling women’s apparel on an e-commerce platform in order to reach a greater number of customers and easily scale up her business. “The convenience and security provided by Shopee, along with its large customer base, allowed us to grow the business and eventually buy a motorcycle, build a house, and fund our wedding. We are very thankful for Shopee,” said Mangubat.
Owner of the Shopee shop Makeupholics, Melanie Sta. Maria, witnessed key improvements in her business since she joining the platform in 2015. Already an established seller on other online platforms, Melanie joined Shopee to take advantage of the in-app logistics system to easily manage her inventories and marketing campaigns. With around 1,200 orders per month, Melanie successfully grew her business and was able to comfortably provide for her family. “Not only has Shopee provided me with a secure platform to grow my business, it has also helped me achieve my dream of purchasing a car for my family.” Sta. Maria shared. 
Download the Shopee app for free on Google Play and App Store.

To learn more about Shopee, please visit